Birth of a Family
February 28, 2019
Doors: 6:30 PM, Show Time: 7:00 PM
Running time: 79 minutes
On February 28th, Reel Causes will host its annual general meeting (AGM) at the National Film Board’s screening room. Following the AGM, Reel Causes is proud to present a special presentation of award-winning NFB documentary Birth of a Family.
Removed from their young Dene mother’s care as part of Canada’s infamous Sixties Scoop, Betty Ann, Esther, Rosalie and Ben were four of the 20,000 Indigenous children taken from their families between 1955 and 1985, to be either adopted into white families or to live in foster care. Now all in middle age, each has grown up in different circumstances, with different family cultures, different values and no shared memories. Birth of a Family follows them through the challenges, trepidations and joys of their first steps towards forming their family.
Meeting all together for the first time, they spend a week in Banff, Alberta, sharing what they know about their mother and stories about their lives and the struggles they went through as foster kids and adoptees. As the four siblings piece together their shared history, their connection deepens, bringing laughter with it, and their family begins to take shape.
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